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“Now is the time when mem- bers start working in their yards, removing or trimming trees and brush,” says Northfork Electric Safety Coordinator Heath Mar- tin. “Although it may seem like a simple chore, it can be extremely dangerous or fatal, especially if someone is trimming near power lines.”


Martin says members need to take a close look at the tree they are wanting to work on before beginning the job. “Walk around it and look up. Is it touching a power line any- where? How close are the limbs and branches to a power line? How close will he or she be to the power line when working on the tree? “Remember to consider a tree


energized if it is touching a power line anywhere,” he cautions. “Probably the safest thing to  handle the job. In fact, if the tree


to be removed, or the branches to be trimmed, are within 10 feet of  tree trimmer can do the job,” says Martin.


He goes on to say, “Before a member starts to trim any limbs that are close to our power lines, we ask that they call us and let us know they are going to be trim- ming trees, in case the limb they cut falls on the line causing an out-  tree trimmer, then he needs to call us and tell us who they are, along with giving us their location, time they are going to be working on the trees, and how 9668-002 long they think the job will take.” Martin also urges caution when using ladders and power tools near power lines.


If you have questions about trimming trees, or trees growing into our right-of-way, please call Martin at (580) 928-3366.


Offices Closed for Memorial Day


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Statement of Non-Discrimination tive,


Northfork Electric Coopera- Incorporated is the recipi-


ent of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provision of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Reha- bilitation Act of 1973, as amend- ed, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the Ameri- cans with Disabilities Act, and the rules and regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture, which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disabil- ity or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission to access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to dis- crimination under any of this or- ganization’s programs or activities. Te person responsible for co-


ordinating this organization’s non- discrimination compliance efforts is Kenny Waugh, manager of mar- keting and administrative services. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels this organi- zation has subjected them to dis- crimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/ or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, United States Department of Ag- riculture, Washington, D.C. 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Washington, D.C. 20250. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged dis- crimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.


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